Weirdness  - 22Aug97
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 97 23:13:28 -0700
Subject: Weirdness  - 22Aug97
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.498 (News of the Weird, August 22, 1997)
by Chuck Shepherd
* In a kidnapping trial in San Mateo, Calif., in July, the 11-year-old
victim was asked to identify the man who abducted her. She gazed around
the courtroom, past defendant John Paul Balocca sitting with his counsel,
and pointed to Juror Number 11. Fortunately, Balocca had already confessed
to the abduction; the purpose of the trial was to ascertain the degree of
the crime. (No charges were filed against Juror Number 11.)
* In February in Montreal, the Sisters of Our Lady of Good Counsel, an order
of nuns in Chicoutimi, Quebec, filed a lawsuit against the Sisters of the
Good Shepherd, an order of nuns in Quebec city, over a $30 million (Cdn)
investment dispute about a shopping center.
* Steven Weisblat of New City, N. Y., filed a lawsuit against a recently
married Armenian-American couple in Hackensack, N. J., in April for various
injuries incurred while he was a guest at their wedding. According to the
lawsuit, as tradition, the groom was tossed into the air by dancers, but
they were inebriated and tossed him too far, and he landed on Weisblat, who
wasn't even on the dance floor at the time.
* The San Jose Mercury News reported in March on some working models of the
Defense Department's tiny flying machines ("micro air vehicles"), no larger
than birds, including one helicopter that could fit inside a peanut shell,
that are suited for tasks such as locating hostages in occupied buildings,
sniffing out poisonous chemicals, and finding enemy snipers. Each micro
air vehicle carries cameras, sensors, transmitters, and antennas.
Copyright 1997 by Universal Press Syndicate.
© 1997 Peter Langston